Destroy all churches, says Saudi’s top religious authority

Via Crossroads Arabia:

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has said it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region,” following Kuwait’s moves to ban their construction…..

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia is the highest official of religious law in the Sunni Muslim kingdom. He is also the head of the Supreme Council of Ulema (Islamic scholars) and of the Standing Committee for Scientific Research and Issuing of Fatwas.

Apparently this is nothing new.  There are churches in Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar, and the UAE; Saudi religious and government authorities have been calling for their destruction since at least 2001.

So far there has been little comment in the U.S. mainstream press.

Christian bishops in Germany, Austria and Russia have issued separate statements sharply criticized the ruling.


Image: Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Shaikh.  [Source.]

There are a couple of opinion pieces worth mentioning: one in the Washington Post, pointing out a 628 Charter given by the prophet Muhammad for the protection of the monks of St. Catherine Monastery in Mt. Sinai; the San Bernadino Sun mentions the St. Catherine’s charter as well as an event where the Christians of Najran were invited to worship at the Prophet’s own mosque in Medina; an opinion piece in the Nation adds information about the social contract of Medina drawn up by the Prophet Muhammad in 622 CE as one of civil, not Islamic government.

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